Contamination OCD: Blood, Semen, and Bodily Waste…Oh My

Contamination OCD: Blood, Semen, and Bodily Waste…Oh My
If you struggle with contamination-focused OCD (or any OCD), cognitive behavioral therapy with an emphasis on exposure with response prevention and mindfulness can teach you how to win back that time, spend it with your loved ones, on your career, out in public experiencing the world.
Time. This […]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Compulsions, Contamination, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD|37 Comments

Harm OCD 4: Harm in Space

Harm OCD 4: Harm in Space
There are countless people walking amongst us believing that they are living a double-life.  On the outside they seem like regular people, if not a little overly conscientious.  On the inside, they believe themselves to be some kind of sleeper cell, narrowly escaping detection, perpetually and inescapably driven to do […]

By |August 9th, 2014|Compulsions, Harm OCD, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD|8 Comments

Contamination OCD: Blood, Semen & Bodily Waste…Oh My!

In this series on Contamination OCD, I will attempt to break down the symptoms and treatment for obsessive fear of contamination from three common triggers.
Part One: Blood

Traditionally germs have been the focus of attention when it comes to contamination obsessions, with the emphasis on health anxiety and fears of getting ill or causing others […]

Harm OCD Part Three: Son of Harm OCD

Harm OCD Part Three: Son of Harm OCD
When my first child was born, my second thought was, “I am so blessed to have this amazing thing happen and I will love this child more than anyone has ever loved anything.”  It was a sublime moment.  My first thought was, “Don’t think nothin’ stupid.”  Before […]

Harm OCD Part Two: The Revenge

Harm OCD Part Two: The Revenge
As I write this, Time Warner Cable and CBS are in some sort of price war that has resulted in Time Warner’s decision to pull Showtime off the air.  What this means for me is no Dexter.  It doesn’t mean anything else.  Just… no Dexter.  So the thought going […]

By |August 20th, 2013|Compulsions, Harm OCD, Obsessions, OCD Information|29 Comments

HOCD (Sexual Orientation OCD): Part Three – The Groinal Response

HOCD (Sexual Orientation OCD): Part Three – The Groinal Response
I had planned to write about several things in this entry to the series on sexual orientation obsessions (a.k.a. HOCD), but after outlining what there is to consider about groinal response and OCD, I realized there’s enough about what goes on in our nether-regions to […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Compulsions, HOCD, Obsessions, OCD Information|582 Comments

Harm OCD: Part One

Harm OCD
If you have Harm OCD, you’re always on the run and you may fear that your exhaustion could lead to that one thought slipping by that you “should” have seen as a warning.  Thankfully, treatment for this form of OCD with cognitive behavioral therapy really works.
Harm.  Many of us frame our self worth […]

HOCD (Sexual Orientation OCD): Part Two

HOCD (Sexual Orientation OCD): Part Two
So now what?

Obsessive compulsive disorder is treated with a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy.  It is a present-focused therapy that addresses how you are responding to your thoughts and feelings and how these responses can be modified to improve your mental health.  Treatment for HOCD is no […]

By |May 10th, 2013|Compulsions, HOCD, Obsessions, OCD, OCD Information|259 Comments

HOCD (Sexual Orientation OCD): Part One

HOCD, Gay OCD, Sexual Orientation OCD, or, if you suffer from it, your own personal nightmare.
What is HOCD?

It goes by many names.  HOCD, Gay OCD, Sexual Orientation OCD, or, if you suffer from it, your own personal nightmare.  You know yourself to be of one orientation, but your mind starts telling you that you […]

By |May 5th, 2013|Compulsions, HOCD, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD|592 Comments